“McCullin”: A Feature Documentary on Don McCullin

 1st January 2013, UK

“I love photography, I love being in my darkroom, but even my darkroom is a haunted place.”

On the 1st of January 2013, the much anticipated featured length documentary on Don McCullin by Jacqui Morris will finally be released in the UK!

Watch the exclusive trailer below on the acclaimed British photographer Don McCullin, whose powerful work for the Observer and the Sunday Times in Vietnam, Biafra, Cyprus and Lebanon has produced some of the defining and most haunting images of war.

Don McCullin is known as one of the best war photographers still alive today. He has worked as the star photographer on The Sunday Times from 1966 to 1983, when it was widely acknowledged to be at the forefront of global photojournalism, covering wars and humanitarian disasters on virtually every continent. McCullin’s captivating work has stood the test of time and is evidenced by the fact that ten of his books are currently still in print.

Jacqui Morris writes on the Indiegogo campaign:

  “…There is a dimension to Don McCullin’s work that transcends photojournalism. The way he sees the world is very rare; his vision is distinctive and insightful even when trained on the supposedly mundane. The wounded people he photographs are not all on battlefields. Through Don’s eyes we come to understand that the thousand-yard stare of the shell-shocked American soldier in Vietnam, is a cousin to the despair on the face of the destitute old lady in London’s Chapel Market. Like the visionary William Blake, who saw the world around him with a hidden part of the spectrum, Don sees differently.

Our made-for-cinema documentary shows how Don McCullin created some of the latter twentieth-century’s most iconic images of man’s inhumanity to man. He brought the impact and reality of human conflict to the general reader, going on war assignments sometimes with only twenty rolls of film. He was shooting with a respect for the image that’s now disappearing with the digital age; and we have shot our film on 16mm in order to compliment his work.

The birth of this film came out of desire to document the life and work of an extraordinary and charismatic person, whose work in the field of journalism was so innovative and unique of it’s time it has gone on to shape the way in which newsworthy stories are bought to the masses today.

This is the story of moments in time that can never be replicated; but with the assistance of amazing archive footage and copies of the Sunday Times unseen for fifty years, we go on a journey with him and explore his pioneering work and we show the audience the lengths to which Don went to take some of the most important pictures of our time.”

Information: Guardian/McCullin